Okeechobee Opportunities


*United Way Partner Agency

FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Volunteers needed to assist students with filling out Financial Aid Documents at local public high schools.  Parents and students will complete the application, we just need volunteers to answer questions and guide them when needed. It’s easy, it’s rewarding, and the parents and students are very appreciative. Interested? Questions? Contact Kelly Thawley 239-337-0433 or email kellykt@leeschools.net  To learn more about FASFA completion, check out this video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1GmaBMD-oY Posted 10/19/18

Florida State Park Volunteers
Volunteers are integral to the Florida State Parks team as we work together to preserve, interpret and restore …the Real Florida. Volunteer at are needed at Kissimmee Prairie Preserved State Park and Okeechobee Battlefield State Park. Family, civic, community, church, scouting, corporate and student groups are all invited to help outdoors. Training is provided. To find out more and register, go to  http://volunteers.floridastateparks.org/ posted 9/11/18

*Hospice of Okeechobee
Hospice of Okeechobee’s Maintenance Volunteer opportunities include: washing windows and screens, sign painting, steam cleaning tile floors and grout, pressure washing shed, patio floor/sidewalks, building wooden bench swings or gliders. Must be minimum age of 18 to volunteer. No court ordered community service. Call Ruth Bobst 863-467-2321 or email Rbobst@hospiceofokeechobee.org  posted 8/6/18

Guardian ad Litem
The mission of the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is to advocate for the best interests of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected, or abandoned and who are involved in court proceedings.  Best interests includes preservation of the child’s physical safety and emotional well-being; permanent placement in a stable and nurturing home environment that fosters the child’s healthy growth and development; and protection from further harm during the child’s involvement in the court system.  As a GAL Volunteer, you would be gathering information in order to advocate for child in need.  The 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program (GALP) services residents in Saint Lucie, Okeechobee, Martin, and Indian River counties.  The training you receive from the GALP is the certified child advocacy pre-service training that is required to become a GAL volunteer.  There is no required experience, education or special skills needed to be a Volunteer Child Advocate. You must be 21 years or older to sign for a case. You must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. How to apply:   You apply by first calling (772) 785-5804 or 5875 and asking to speak to a Volunteer Recruiter in order to complete the necessary documentation prior to training. Please allow at least one week for orientation and processing prior to training. You can also email omar.walker@gal.fl.gov to get the process started. I and everyone here at the 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem thank you very much for your interest in the program and caring for children.

*Hospice of Okeechobee
Volunteer at a Hope Hospice office filing paperwork, answering phone calls, and assisting with newsletter mailings. Individuals interested in becoming a hospice volunteer should call the Hospice office at 863-467-2321.  Alternatively, you can drop by The Hamrick Home at 411 SE 4th Street or send us an email at director@hospiceofokeechobee.org  updated 8/6/18

Volunteer Florida- Hurricane Michael Volunteers
For those of you who would like to help your fellow Floridians feeling the impact of Hurricane Michael, please visit https://www.volunteerflorida.org/
and consider registering as a volunteer. posted 10/10/18

*Big Brothers Big Sisters
Our mission is to provide child facing adversity with strong and enduring, professional supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We have two different mentoring programs we are seeking volunteers for in Okeechobee County; School-Based Mentoring is one-to-one mentoring once a week on the school grounds for K-3rd grade students and Community-Based Mentoring is life-long friendships developed between a big and a little through shared experiences in the community. If you are interested in either of these programs or just have questions about them please call Azzam Abdur-Rahman at (772) 466-8535 ext. 203 or email at Azzam.abdurrahman@bbbsbigs.org  posted 7/9/18

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida
Be the Role Model She’ll Always Remember. What can you do to make a positive contribution in the lives of girls that still fits into your busy life? Become a Girl Scout Volunteer! Girl Scouts exist for girls, but it exists because of volunteers. By giving your time and sharing your skills with our girls, you can make it possible for them to become girls of courage, confidence and character. As a volunteer Troop Leader or Co-leader, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last long after the meeting is over. Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made–those are the moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts. Be the role model she’ll always remember. Requirements: Register as an Adult Girl Scout, Compete Background Check, Complete Girl Scouting 101 online training module, Attend Volunteer Essentials Training within 60 days of appointment. Minimum age: 18. To learn more about our Council’s training for volunteers and how to get started as a volunteer please visit our website www.gssef.org or contact Megan Nole, 561-427-0196 or mnole@gssef.org





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